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Some Like It Hot

1959 American crime comedy film directed, produced and co-written by Billy Wilder Website

Approval Rate: 92%

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    Sun Jul 20 2008

    Marylin Monroe and two guys in drag make for a very funny mix.

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    Thu Aug 23 2007

    One of Wilder's best films. Tony Curtis was a great admirer of Cary Grant. When he was pretending to be the rich tycoon he admitted he was doing the part the way he though Cary would do it.  Fun movie, great cast, sharp writing, well directed.

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    Fri Aug 17 2007

    As close to a comedic masterpiece as you're likely to find. Jack Lemmon is hilarious, and Tony Curtis, if possible, is even funnier, perhaps because it's so unexpected that he would excel in a part like this (although I've always thought that Curtis, along with Robert Mitchum, is a vastly under-rated actor; I've found him to be enormously effective in a variety of parts). I should mention that, aside from a pre-adolescent infatuation, I've never been a really big fan of Marilyn Monroe. I've never felt she was ever more than an adequate actor, and I don't subscribe to the prevailing notion that she was the sexiest woman on the planet. That being said, I've never seen her look sexier or more enticing than she does here; she's absolutely luscious, and it's chilling to contemplate while watching her here that she was only a few short years away from her death. The supporting cast is wonderful, as well-- George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown, Joan Shawlee (she used to be a regular on the o... Read more

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    Sun Jul 02 2006

    One of the first movies that I saw as a child and it kind of stuck with me. The very first thing I remember about this movie is Marilyn Monroe. She seemed so beautiful and so feminine. People were raving about her all the time and over the movie itself. This movie carried a very innocent and naturally funny story. Nowadays, comedies are all the same. At least for me they are, and they are more silly and mindless, rather than being actually funny.

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    Mon Oct 31 2005

    Not a frame or a line too many. A classic how-to-make-a-comedy script, regarding a silly premise, perfect casting, great editing in the hands of a master comedy director.

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    Thu Apr 14 2005

    Great performances by Lemmon, Monroe, and to everyone's surprise Curtis. George Raft is great as the villain, and a lot of strong performances by supporting cast.

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    Sun Mar 13 2005

    COMEDY CLASSIC! Lemmone and Curtis were great. And a very well written script! Definatly reccomended

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    Thu Mar 03 2005

    Hysterically funny. The kind of film that made Hollywood Hollywood. Tony Curtis looked so at ease in a dress and pumps.

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    Thu Aug 12 2004

    This is one of my favorite Marilyn movies tony curtis and jack lemmon where great I loved Marilyns character. I't was a very funny movie.

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    Tue Jun 22 2004

    One of the funniest movies of all time

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    Mon Feb 09 2004

    A true classic with an outstanding cast.

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    Mon Feb 09 2004

    A superb and hilarious movie with underlying sexual themes with out being too blunt, over the top or even too subtle for that matter. Wonderful casting of Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft and Joe E. Brown. Lemmon may have the energy, but Curtis is my personal favorite. Clever, witty and he does a dead on impression of Cary Grant. One of the funniest movies of all time.

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    Mon Jun 23 2003

    This one is still ahead of today. The one-liners and racy dialogue alone are first-rate! Curtis is really great as a spoof of Cary Grant - men can learn a lot from how he seduces Marilyn, believe it or not. Lemmon is also great - his spastic energy makes the movie purr wonderfully. I'm amazed at the sexual candor. Like Breakfast at Tiffany's, Psycho, and other great movies from the beginning of the 60s, Hollywood was just beginning to explore sex in an adult way. The end line is classic. Anytime you see 2 straight adult male friends in drag (Bosom Buddies), you're seeing this movie.

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    Fri Oct 18 2002

    This film has its ardent and fluttering fans, but it's just not in the same league as these others above it, and BELOW it. As far as being voted the funniest film in our galaxy, or whatever, try watching "Night at the Opera" or maybe "To Be or Not to Be", with Jack Benny. I'm NOT saying SLIH isn't is. But it isn't great comedy.

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    Sat May 18 2002

    “Nobody’s perfect,” says its famous last laugh. But this scintillating comedy is! Wilder and Diamond’s script, which springs out of Chicago’s infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929, alarmed bosses, who predicted outrage and disaster. At the time, mixing female impersonation, romantic comedy and murder stretched the limits of taste and genre formula. But when Wilder put together gangsters, wise-cracking, cross-dressing heroes and Marilyn Monroe, he wrought a laugh riot played by an inspired cast. Key to its success - along with its vivid characters and brilliant performances - is the snappy pace throughout. Non-stop gags, invention, twists and comic incident flow, as Joe and Jerry -brilliant Curtis and screamingly funny Lemmon - elude mob boss George Raft by wriggling into an all-girl jazz band, with Josephine and Daphne’s legendary drag act taking in amorous adventures, seductive deceptions and madcap pursuits. Wilder never wastes time explaining the obvious. One minute, for in... Read more

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    Sun Feb 24 2002

    Justifiably the current #1 in the classic movies section,and absolutely the greatest ever comedy.Scintillating Wilder-Diamond script,Curtis doing his best Cary Grant impression,Monroe(an underrated comic actress)radiant as ever.And the late Jack Lemmon's clearly having a ball. Among so many marvellous scenes,i particularly love the one where "Sugar" and the rest of the girl band clamber into his bunk on that train ride made in heaven.The film's not aged a bit;it's priceless.Having just seen it for about the seventh time,this is one case where familiarity breeds content.

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    Mon Feb 04 2002

    this was a very funny movie, not my favorite but good. Marilyn Monroe was great! this movie was cute as well as funny.

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    Tue Jan 22 2002

    not brilliantly fun as some say however this dated comedy provides plenty of often do you get to see tony curtis and jack lemmon in drag along with marilyn monroe

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    Wed Jan 09 2002

    A truly uproarious slapstick comedy from the late 50s, Some Like it Hot provides humor on all ends of the spectrum, but is never really dirty! From physical slapstick, verbal jokes, subtle flirt humor and ridicoulous situations. It would be almost impossible not to laugh at least once during this classic!

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    Sat Dec 22 2001

    Marilyn Monroe's best performance

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    Wed Nov 28 2001

    Definitely one of the best comedies ever. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are very impressive, and Marilyn Monroe, for once, does a good job. I would definitely recommend it.

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    Thu Nov 22 2001

    Billy Wilder can do everything.

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    Mon Nov 05 2001

    Very funny, Lemmon, Curtis and Monroe is superb form. Monroe is beautiful and ditzy, Lemmon is hysterical as Daphne with Curtis as Josephine! Brilliant writing and direction combine beautifully to make this a comedy classic.

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    Thu Apr 05 2001

    Out of all of the choices for classic movies on this site, Some Like It Hot, should be #1. It was rated the funniest movie ever made every single time at the AFI awards, and it deserves full credit. It's an extremly funny movie, and Marilyn Monroe does an excellent job. It introduces us to nice, crude humor and putting men in drag can be funny, it teaches us throughout the movie. It has great make up effects, and is pretty high budget for it's time, and it seems like none of the humor is outdated.

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    Fri Dec 29 2000

    One of the funniest of all time. I roared with laughter as a kid and I do now as a grandfather. Really holds up.

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    Thu Dec 07 2000

    Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Munroe, are great!

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    Tue Nov 07 2000

    This truly is one of the funniest movies ever made. The acting, writing, and directing is just brilliant.

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    Mon Oct 23 2000

    Some Like it Hot was amusing and a joy to watch. Drag queens being very unaccepted, the guys dressing as women proved most entertaining. Marilyn Monroe's character was so ignorant and dumb, though, it came close to taking away from the movie.

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    Tue Sep 05 2000

    what a classic !!

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    Tue Sep 05 2000

    the only classic movie that makes one laugh out loud after repeated viewings !! Well deserves all the praise it has received.

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    Sun Sep 03 2000

    now this is comedy !!